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How can I achieve 1.5 mile (or even 300 foot) wide tree branches?

In my fantasy story, elves live high up in giant trees (or at least something similar to a tree). These trees are so massive, that entire cities can be built on their branches. The branches have ...
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What would sentient plants be like?

I'd like to make a sentient plant species that can perform tasks such as communication and problem solving. My Definition of Sentience When asking this question, I mean sentient as in able to ...
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How Can I Get Giant Trees on Venus?

Yes, the title is strange, but hear it out. The inhabitants of my earth-like planet live high up in the atmosphere - living on giant trees. However, I don't want them to be able to see the surface far ...
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Designing a carnivorous plant

Planet Swamp. As the name suggest, it is a planet fully covered with swamps. A new kind of carnivorous plant has been discovered on this planet: when its leaves are touched by an animal or moved by ...
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Plausibility of a plant/animal organism with asymmetrical alternation of generations?

A hypothetical organism alternates between plant and animal stages over its life cycle. The organism exhibits equally extreme sexual dimorphism. The generations are diplobiontic a la some species of ...
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Could Bamboos Evolve Into Trees In the Past?

This question is based on a scenario on DeviantArt. The presented image is here: The description is as follows: By the start of the Cryocene, bamboo has become one of Serina's most successful ...
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What would a civilization living in a cold, permanently snowy climate eat?

The setting would be an almost permanently snowy climate. Average temperature 10 to -5 degrees celsius, with little difference between seasons. Edit: This is a human civilization. I suppose the ...
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Making the entire inner solar system have a breathable atmosphere?

Let's say it's sometime in the future, and humanity has expanded outwards into the solar system, and we've genetically engineered some really big plants that can for some unimportant reason, survive ...
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The Bamboo Rainforest

Ecologically, when you're within the latitudes of 23.5 degrees, you'd find yourself in rainforests rich in diversity but poor in nutrition. The forest floor is a barren mess simply because the canopy ...
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Plants channeling light into their roots?

Without magic, is it possible for a plant to channel light (all colors) to/through its roots? What I'm thinking is having a giant cavern with a bunch of these plants above. The roots go down and ...
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What is the botanic equivalent of the digestive system

As part of a series on plant animals, plantimals if you will, I am now asking about the digestive system, that is the mouth, stomach and intestines. All known animal life has some kind of digestive ...
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How can living plants be used militaristically? [closed]

To be clear, we're talking about any organism found on earth that's classified under the kingdom Plantae. Assume these plants won't be genetically modified at all when they're used in the military and ...
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Plants under different sunlight [closed]

What would a plant look like under a different sunlight. Like for example, O, B, A, F, K, and M-types? I know what a plant would look like under a G-type star like our Sun, what about under a star ...
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You eat this plant, it eats you right back. Can it work?

Based on an answer of mine from a few months ago, I've been inspired to adapt the concept to my own Life Ball. Fair warning- this question and some of its links are not for the squeamish. May ...
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What is the botanic equivalent to ears?

As part of a series on plant animals, plantimals if you will, I am now asking about ears. All surface life has them or some sort of equivalent to them and with good reason. Other than sight, hearing ...
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Solving the vulnerabilities of a plant-based life-form's civilization: sunlight, roots, and hibernation

Say you are a plant-based life-form (imagine a walking tree). You have roots and leaves. You have two main vulnerabilities: You need sunlight on your leaves for photosynthesis to get energy. You ...
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What is the botanic equivalent to eyes

There have been many questions of moving, floral animals, most of these focus on their intelligence, but what about their sense of sight. I fail to understand how a botanic based alien would be able ...
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Flora and fauna of a tidally locked planet

Imagine a world much like Earth, except it is nearly tidally locked to its star, making a complete revolution every few thousand years. The planet is far enough away that there is a band of livable ...
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What colour is the foliage if the sky is violet?

This question on Physics.SE asks whether other colors are possible for the sky. I would like my planet to be inhabitable by normal humans. It has 768 days and they are living in a temperate/...
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What animals live in mushroom forests?

A followup to this question. In my world, mushroom producing fungi have developed a symbiotic relationship with algae (or cyanobacteria) similar to Prototaxites. These fungi exist alongside all the ...
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Growing crops on a planet orbiting red dwarf

I trying to describe colonization of an Earth Like planet orbiting a red dwarf in its habitable zone. It is NOT tidally locked with the star Similar to Earth though somewhat larger Magnetic field is ...
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Ecosystem of Bladetree, a tree that has a trunk growing horizontally over the ocean [closed]

Regarding the tree in this question, what kind of life forms would be possible if this tree were the only solid structure above water on this 50% of earths gravity, water planet? No land, just a ...
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How could I create a believable Tree World, in which the Trees would float in the oceans, they would grow on surface of water, horizontally

This world is all water, and I want the trees to be the only thing that represents land. The trees are horizontally positioned, and start from a large self sufficient floating seed pod, much like a ...
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Person with plant enhancements?

Would it be at all viable for a person to have certain plant characteristics such as: Chloroplasts in their hair and skin, with the skin maybe lookmuch darker because of extra light absorbance (maybe ...
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Could you grow plants from nothing (or very little) using hydoponics?

If you arrive at a distant planet you mean to colonise, without enough food for the long term - just maybe a couple of plants and a bunch of seeds and enough food in storage to keep you going for the ...
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A world where lichens take the niche of plants? [duplicate]

On this hypothetical world the niche that would be occupied by plants is instead occupied by fungi living in symbiosis with cyanobacteria and/or algae. For example, the tissues of the tree analogues ...
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What is the botanic equivalent to the circulatory system?

There have been a few questions on mobile plants on this site and even more on their intelligence, but one that has not been asked so far is related to the lifeblood of creatures: blood. Inside of ...
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The Tibetan Bristlecone

There are three different species of pine collectively called "bristlecones", all of whom can grow in weather too harsh and soil too poor for any other tree to take root. They are renowned for their ...
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What is the botanic equivalent to muscles

A plethora of previous questions have queried the existence of botanic (plant) intelligence and they all have created good solutions, but their still remains a even bigger problem to even the dumbest ...
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How do merfolk develop agriculture

Let's say that a race of aquatic merfolk have managed to achieve sapience, they are basic hunter gatherers, living in relatively shallow waters of up to 100 meters deep. As I have begun designing ...
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Can a plant change history? [closed]

There are lots of tremendously useful plants that humanity has domesticated — wheat is useful for bread and beer, cotton and hemp are excellent sources of fiber, cocoa beans have been used as currency,...
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Where do mushroom forests thrive?

Lichen are a symbiotic organism that involves algae or cyanobacteria living inside a fungus. The algae produce energy through photosynthesis, while the fungus protect the algae from the environment ...
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What are the effects of constant daylight on plantlife

On a world I am building, the day/night cycle last 9 years, meaning that there are interesting forms of life. Plants are the most interesting of these living things, which have many interesting forms ...
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Magic that Alters Living Cells - Fast-Growing Plants?

This question deals with the magic explained in this question. It is also explained below. In my fantasy novel, magic is a natural part of the world. It is not some mystical force shrouded in ...
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Cacti in combat

Which are the boundaries in size of an army and/or the style of warfare and combat of applying equipment made out of cacti for warriors? I can think of: bats, maces, spears and similar handheld ...
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How does gravity affect evolution of life?

I have two "new" planet earths -- we'll call them Light Earth (LE) and Heavy Earth (HE). These planets are generally the same as our Earth in terms of land masses, oceans, the moon and sun and other ...
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Tree volcano? (A “treecano”, if you will)

Okay, so I have a species of tree that's absolutely enormous, 1-5km tall when fully matured. Its immense size is supported by a large base, bark that incorporates a 2-d carbon lattice for strength (...
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Would an alien forest look similar to some of our own?

To elaborate on the title, can alien plant life on an Earth-like planet look similar to ours, or would plants on an alien planet be radically different, unrecognizable, or incomparable to Earth plants ...
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Red Plants Alongside the Green

What many people mayn't know is that there actually three basic types of algae: Green algae, the origin of the kingdom Plantae Brown algae, found primarily in kelp forests And red algae For this ...
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Planetary Surface of Trees?

Purely hypothetical question here. Would it be feasibly possible to have a planet entirely covered in a dense network of interlocking trees? The idea is that the trees themselves act as the 'crust' ...
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Circular tree: possible?

In the never ending quest to get elves to live in trees, I am taking things one step further and attempting to get the entire city in a tree. Magic is not in the equation. The tree would start out ...
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How many plants does it take to breathe?

I'm working on a space story in which an astronaut is travelling to Neptune to validate our CurrentEarth™ corporation's findings regarding our Solar System. The setting is a moving ship similar to the ...
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Best & least-well adapted flora & fauna in a high-Oxygen atmosphere

Positing a high (c. 35%) O₂-level on a roughly Earth-equivalent planet (atmosphere about like the early Carboniferous), what types of lifeforms would flourish? Obviously, giant insects could be ...
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What's a good subterranean vegetation - other than bio-luminescent fungi?

So, I've made... a lot of subterranean worlds. It's a favorite of mine. And, every single time, the major form of vegetation and light was blue, glowing mushrooms, and glowing crystals. While I think ...
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Anatomically correct Ent

The tree small giant creatures resembling people usually with beards are present in many fantasy stories, but that's it... it is fantasy. From a scientific viewpoint how would such creature even exist ...
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What would kill all flora on Earth and what would happen with the atmosphere

I need an Earth where the atmosphere has become unbreathable for humans and animals because all plants have died. But everything else should stay pretty much the same. So here are my questions: What ...
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How plausible is a photosynthetic parasite that targets animal hosts?

Real parasitic plants target only plant hosts and in certain species fungal hosts. How plausible are parasitic plants (or algae, lichen, or other photosynthetic organisms) that targets animal hosts ...
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How does an Alien world have Earthlike creatures?

Is there a storybuilding device that can explain why alien worlds could possibly have similar creatures to that of Earth? I can understand why stories set in alternate Earths and fantasy versions of ...
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A plant/fungus and an animal that form a single species?

Two vastly dissimilar organisms turn out to be the same species upon gene sequencing. In this hypothetical animal species one or more components of the life cycle is a fungus, algae, plant, lichen or ...
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Alien moss with bee-hive like drones and warriors

I was thinking I would have a race and at the most basic level it is a ground covering moss. As it encounters other colonies of itself they will join together to form one contiguous colony while ...